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Hunter gatherers had little coronary heart disease dispite high-meat diet
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Our hunter-gather ancestors showed little signs of cardiovascular disease despite eating a diet containing about 65 percent of their calories from animal food and 35 percent from plant foods, containing 28-58 percent fat according to a paper from researchers at Colorado State University.
The reason there was little cardiovascular disease was likely due to a relative high intake of monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats, and a much lower intake of omega-6 fatty acids relative to omega-3 fatty acids, according to the authors of the paper.
Monounsaturated fats are found abundantly in olive oil.
Polyunsaturated fats are found abundantly in plant-based oils.
Omega-6 fatty acids are found abundantly in corn oil, and omega-3 fatty acids are found abundantly in fish oil and green leafy vegetables.
For an excellent discussion of the important of this, see the interview with Dr. Artemis Simpolous.
Cordain L, Eaton S, Miller J, Mann N, Hill K. The paradoxical nature of hunter-gatherer diets: meat-based, yet non-atherogenic. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2002 Mar, 56 Suppl 1:S42-52.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Department of Health and Exercise Science
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523, USA
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